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Dear Doctorate – Year two, week two and three

Dear Doctorate Diary (I hope you’re sitting comfortably because this is a long one) As you know, I am due to head to Canada for a work conference mid Nov. I haven’t renewed my Canadian passport since the 90s because I just used my British passport to travel to Canada …

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Dear Doctorate – Year two, week four

Dear Doctorate Diary A week on and I am still struggling with the dilemma of whether I should stop studying for my doctorate and go back to having a life. I do resent having to choose between spending time with my family or exercising or writing my assignments / undertaking …

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Dear Doctorate – Year two, week one

This blog has been referred to as the Bridget Jones’ Diary of doctorates so I am going to start treating it as such. Dear  Doctorate Diary, I’ve had a pretty good week despite some very hectic work days, and continuing to need to work on non-working days. The highlight of …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 49

Working six – seven days a week and long hours each day continues, but even so it’s been quite a good week. I  passed my 3rd doctorate assignment (we only get a pass/fail grade at this stage) and am officially in my second year of being a doctorate student. I …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 48

Things feel impossible right now. I know this feeling doesn’t make me special because most people I know who have already completed their doctorate have experienced struggles along the way. I think my struggle is compounded by the amount of workwork I am having to do. I am only supposed …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 45

I had set myself the target of starting assignment 4 but I spent Saturday having a life and Sunday prepping for teaching this week soooooo…..it didn’t happen. I must make a start this week because I need to have the first draft done by Oct…and actually I should have been …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 40

My eye consultant had a cancellation so he offered the operation slot to me. I got the call literally two minutes after I had walked out of work to start my 3 week holiday. Of course I said yes to the operation date, I’ve been waiting for it since Feb …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 39

It’s been a week with things to make me smile (see, it’s not all histrionics). I finished the first draft of assignment number 3. I’m feeling ok about having to spend my summer holiday working on assignment number 4 (see previous posts for why I am having to work so …

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“Doing” a Doctorate – week 38

I’ve been on FIRE this week with my doctorate assignment writing! Well as on fire as I ever get with academic writing, and it’s almost as painful as actually being on fire (I’m really not a natural with this academic writing lark). Yes, I have actually been on fire – …

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